GUEST POST: The Journey of Jimini Renn by April Kelley

Today we are joined by April Kelley with a new book and an important message.


The World without Water

If you turn the television to any of the numerous news station, you’ll mostly likely hear about the upcoming presidential election. At least, that’s what you’ll see if you live in the United States. If that isn’t the case in other countries, then I may consider getting a passport until November. Although maybe moving permanently would be better because, let’s face it, after the election the news will beat something else to death until we’re all so tired of hearing about it, we all want to scream. What they don’t mention very often are the things we should be concerned about like the world water crisis.

Yes, there is a global water crisis. This is a real thing, and if you look hard enough, you can find information about it although you have to dig through a few internet posts to find it. A few months ago, I saw a story regarding the water crisis in California. It touched on how the earth was sinking in on itself because of the lack of water in between the layers of the earth.

This problem is astonishing for someone like me because I live in Michigan. If I drive west for five minutes, I’ll visit one of the biggest bodies of fresh water in the entire world. In my area, we often have flash flood warnings whenever it rains hard, and it often rains, especially in the spring. Water is abundant for my and something I take for granted or did before writing The Journey of Jimini Renn.

After seeing this story, I wanted to know more and discovered the water crisis in this one small part of the globe was rather common and unfortunately becoming a bigger problem the more years that pass.

I began eating up information about the water crisis and did a bit of research about what would be the result if the problem continued. Putting the research to work for me was an easy choice and Jimini Renn, the main character popped up.

I should note that I greatly exaggerated the global water crisis in the book to create a dystopic feel. However, the water crisis is a real problem for some, although not nearly as severe as I made it out to be in the book. Still, I’m naïve to the issue no more. The Journey of Jimini Renn has certainly been a journey for me, making me aware of a global problem, one I’m looking forward to helping with in the future however I can.

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In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.

As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.


“I will not hurt you, sir,” Jimini said and tried to keep some of the fear out of his voice. He knew he was unsuccessful, though.

He moved the jug of water next to the man and tried to move away as quickly as possible, but the man grabbed his hand in such a tight grip Jimini couldn’t get away from him even if he tried. The man pulled him down and took the jug with his other hand. He held it out to Jimini. Jimini looked at the jug and then at the man, trying to figure out what the man wanted from him.

“Help me,” the man whispered, so lightly Jimini could barely hear it.

Jimini nodded, taking the jug from the man with his free hand. “Let go of my hand and I’ll prop you up so you can drink. In exchange, I ask that you do not shoot the gun again.”

The man still held on to him as if his life depended on it. Jimini sat the jug down beside him. He placed his hand on the man’s gently and tried to pry his fingers away one at a time. It was pointless. His grip tightened even more. Jimini sighed and started working around the restriction.

“Why?” The man croaked out when Jimini moved his body, so he was cradling the man’s head in his lap.

Jimini pushed the weight of the man up as best as he could and wriggled around until they both sat up. “I’m misunderstanding the question.” Jimini handed the jug back to the man. “Drink slowly, not a lot all at once.”

The man tipped the jug up and took a long drink, some spilling out of the corners of his mouth, not listening to Jimini’s words of caution at all. “Do you not understand my words?”

Jimini reached for the jug with one hand, the other bracing them both with a fist in the dirt. He took the jug and set it down beside them. “You need to go slow with it, let your body adjust to the water. Going from nothing to full could make you sick.”

The man was heavy against him, his long dark hair tickled Jimini’s face as it came to rest against his shoulder.

“Why are you helping me?” The man asked. His voice was deep, and he sounded better this time as if the water wetted his throat enough to speak clearly.

“Why wouldn’t I extend help?” Jimini asked.

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2015-02-22_11.54.54Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email Please visit her website at


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Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway! Whispers of Home by April Kelley


Whispers of Home


April Kelley

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Cover Artist: Carmen Waters

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


All Jaron McAllister wanted to do was get out of the small town where he grew up. After being bullied all his life for being gay, that’s exactly what he does. He loses all contact with everyone in the town of Pickleville, including his emotionally distant mother and the only true friend he ever had.

When his best friend and mother of the child they share, get murdered he knows he must ask for help in the one place he thought he would never go back to. Coming back home isn’t easy and finding himself attracted to the town man-slut spells disaster. Travis Heath isn’t at all what his reputation suggests though.


 whispers of home



Jaron looked through the window of the diner from across the street. His mother’s hands gripped a mug, probably full of coffee. Jaron thought he was meeting Brian but apparently Brian had other plans. Brian always did think he knew best, the bastard. Jaron was fully aware his oldest friend had set this up, probably getting in touch with Gloria McAllister right after Jaron had called the first time, telling her when Jaron would be here. Brian had never understood that the relationship Jaron and Gloria had wasn’t like the relationship Brian had with his own father.

Looking at his mom through the glass was like watching a movie of her. He had never felt the connection with his mom that he thought he should, even as a small child. Maybe that had been his fault. That he wasn’t quite what she wanted in a son and therefore kept just enough distance to make it seem like miles. Which was why he was confused she had come instead of Brian.

When he was eighteen years old he had thought he left because of a burning desire to fit in somewhere, because he certainly hadn’t fit in very well in Pickleville. He needed that connection to another human being, that knowing he was so important to another human being they just couldn’t live without him. Ironically, it was a five year old boy he felt unconditionally connected too. Now that he knew the unconditional love a parent felt for their child, he wondered at his mother’s parental instincts.

He stood on the sidewalk in front of what used to be a place called the Hobbyist’s Dream but was now an Asian market. He noticed the place was empty when he had arrived but his back was turned now, his complete attention on the woman in the window. He thought the Asian place probably wouldn’t have lasted long back in the day. Who knows now? The diner was the only one in town, or was until they put in a McDonald’s by the highway. Jaron hadn’t realized that things in this town could change until the bus passed by the fast food restaurant. Somehow he expected everything to be the same, as if time would stand still just because he didn’t feel any different now that he was here.

Standing here, he felt that maybe he left to put the physical miles between himself and the only parent he had ever known. He had never fit in with her either.

He felt a tug on his hand and looked down at sweet blue eyes. This small boy was as dependent on the next few minutes and the woman in the window as he was. “I’m thirsty,” Bobby said, around the thumb in his mouth.

“Me too. Let’s go.” Jaron stepped off the curb and onto the street, gripping onto Bobby’s hand just a little tighter, pausing for a car, and then continuing until he came within inches of his mother, the glass the only barrier now. She looked directly at him, showing more emotion in those few seconds than he had ever seen from her during his entire childhood. He looked away and walked through the door of the restaurant.


Today we ask April five very random questions.

Two Men: Slow and gentle or up against the wall?
April: I would like to think of myself as an up against the wall type of person, but in reality I’m more of a slow and gentle character.

TM: How did you come up with the idea for this story?
AK: Long story, I’ll try to make it brief though. I had a dream about two teenagers on a date. The boy walked the girl home after that date and the started for home. Some older boys picked him up, forcing him in their car and murdered him just outside of their little town. The girl was haunted by the boy after that. I guess I wanted something different for that poor boy. So I wrote Jaron’s character. He got out of the town before he could get killed.

At roughly the same time I had this dream my good friend got dumped by this cowboy type guy. Now, I’m from Michigan and no one here dresses like a cowboy unless they mean it. Just the way he dressed screamed player so really my friends should have known he was going to get dumped. I wrote Travis’ character, intending to kill him off or something, but then I kinda liked him a lot. Guess I fell for a player too, huh.

TM: What is a typical writing day like for you?
AK: I usually write in the mornings and afternoon. I’ll take a break when my kids get home from school and then get right back to it. I’ll read in between projects, but not usually while I’m writing a story.

TM: What is the least satisfying thing about being a writer?
AK: The least satisfying thing about being a writer has to be getting a bad review that isn’t constructive even a little bit.

TM: What makes you want to write?
AK: The characters. I love writing about people and figuring out what motivates them to do the things they do.

TM: Thanks for joining us today, April. We hope the new release goes well.
AK: Thanks for having me 🙂


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Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, April lives with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing she can be found outside playing with a farm full of animals or taking a long walk in the woods

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Sum of Everything by April Kelley


The Sum of Everything

 by April Kelly

Series: Pickleville  (book 2)

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Release Date: March 15, 2015

the sum of everything


They say opposites attract but can they make love last?

Greg Mitchell’s entire childhood was filled with violence and abuse.  That was until he came to work on the Heath Farm. His life was forever changed for the better, including meeting Brian Stockwell. From the first moment Greg met Brian he’s been in love.  But a threat his father made four years ago has always held him back from pursuing any real relationship with Brian. That was until he learns his father is on his deathbed and of no further harm to himself or Brian.

Greg finds out his family ties are stronger than he thought and they hold Greg back from really getting to know Brian the way he truly wants to.  Both men discover that they have more differences than they originally thought.


Every time Greg Mitchell looked at Brian Stockwell, he hurt. It was like a physical ache in his chest where his heart should be. Greg caught a glimpse of the man he had been obsessed with for the past four years and that ache started up. Brian didn’t even know Greg existed and even thinking about that made Greg feel like he was in high school all over again.

Greg was coming out of the barn, just getting ready to get cleaned up for an evening class he had to commute too. This was his last semester of college and he thanked God every day for that fact. He couldn’t wait to get done. The commute from the farm to school was a bitch, especially this past winter when the snow was up to the windows of his truck and his dick practically fell off every time he went from the bunkhouse to one of the barns. Greg was just glad that it was summer for his last class ever. He didn’t have to worry about the roads being covered in ice and the cold seeping into his bones.

The sun didn’t go down until about the same time Greg got home from class, so he didn’t even have to worry about driving at night in a large city. Although, living in Pickleville his whole life meant every city was large. Living in a small town also meant driving anywhere after ten o’clock at night was an unusual occurrence for anyone who lived here. For a farmhand like Greg that was especially true. Greg had been so focused on finishing school for so long that he just didn’t have time for any extracurricular activities.

Greg sighed as he watched Brian step out of the main house. Brian had shorts on, khaki’s and a dark blue t-shirt. Even from as far away as Greg was, he could see Brian’s cute little nose wriggle his glasses further up his nose. His dark hair had that messy, spiky look that seemed to be at odds with Brian’s nerdy personality type.

Greg rolled his eyes at himself. He couldn’t blame his lack of a social life entirely on his college classes. If Brian ever did give him the time of day Greg still wouldn’t pursue any type of relationship. And he longed to have Brian under him, naked.

Greg sighed again. Roger Mitchell’s parting words four years ago were not an empty threat. Greg’s father was more than capable of following through on hurting anyone Greg even came close to dating. Roger would know too. Greg had seen him on campus more than once throughout the years he had been attending the University.

Yeah, it sounded crazy. It was crazy but it was Greg’s truth. Greg would live in it.


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Living in Southwest Michigan, April lives with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.

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